Civil –Commercial Litigations
Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa
INDIALAW - a one-stop Pan India law firm - is the brainchild of Sreejith. An entrepreneur in the true sense, Sreejith has strived to bring in the best practices of the corporate world into INDIALAW and continues to do so today. With over 20 years of experience in law, he is well acquainted with the legal landscape of Arbitration, Civil & Commercial litigation and debt recovery.
In the year 1998, INDIALAW LLP (originally called ‘Sreeji & Lal’) was founded singlehandedly by Sreejith. Over the course of 20 years, he has successfully handled several civil and commercial litigations in the High Court of Bombay and other courts besides various non-litigation assignments.
Well-known as an expert strategist, his opinion is continually sought after. Though his forte is commercial arbitration, he is a man of many hats. His unique approach is to create a specialist mechanism for handling regular commercial arbitrations in a time bound manner for faster dispute resolution, obviating procedural delays in the civil litigation. His work got him nominated as a member of the National Task Force constituted by CII on Dispute Resolution.
Sreejith has also developed an innovative mechanism for the execution of the Arbitral Award and Decrees and has successfully handled thousands of execution proceedings across the country. The mechanism includes a potent blend of technology, a systematic approach and subsequent training to the Associates & Advocates.
Sreejith’s expertise in Arbitration, Banking and Non-Banking Finance Laws has earned INDIALAW a loyal corporate clientele. Today, INDIALAW is associated with several leading Banks, NBFCs and other corporates. The mind behind the creation of various legal service products that are customized to today’s corporate legal needs, Sreejith’s vision and ability to think beyond traditional legal practices made INDIALAW the largest legal network in India. Right from the inception of his legal career, Sreejith had identified the requirements of the Indian corporate and he went on to create a client-friendly process that put clients at ease while addressing their legal concerns. This helped INDIALAW progress into a result-oriented, accountable group of lawyers who believe in the proactive handling of cases, personalized communication with their clients providing case development at every turn with tailored action plans.
Instrumental in introducing technology (including a customized ERP), a well-defined standard operating procedure and a dedicated client service team among others, Sreejith has forged a practise that has grown to be a preferred name for several corporate leaders. His vision, discipline and sincerity has led to the establishment of the INDIALAW empire: one renowned for its quality, efficiency and accountability.
Civil-Commercial litigation, Documentary Crimes,
Aviation, Shipping, Mining Laws, Company Laws,
Member of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa since 1995
Premlal is one of the founding partners of INDIALAW and heads the Firm’s litigation practice. Originally called “Sreeji&Lal” in 1998, INDIALAW LLP was formed in association with Mr. K.P Sreejith.
An invaluable asset to the firm and a master at his profession, Premlal’s expertise in white collar offences, recovery matters and corporate law has earned him national renown. His proficiency in corporate governance attracted many heavy weight corporates who invited him to serve on the board of their companies as independent non-executive director. Among them was Apple Finance Limited (2001-2003), a then blue chip company. Currently, he is on the board of Inspinno International Ltd., Nigeria, and Chrysose Edge Management Consultants Pvt. Ltd., India.
Premlal also practises in Aviation, advising on aircraft financing, acquisition and regulatory compliances as well as agreements related to ground handling, spare parts suppliers, engine overhauls, flight trainings, etc. He played a decisive role in the setting up of domestic airlines in Nigeria and has independently handled mediation involving a major aircraft manufacturer in Brazil.
Additionally, Premlal also handles shipping arbitration and advises various national and international export/import matters. He has successfully handled litigation in the Supreme Court of India and the High Courts at Mumbai, Rajasthan, Kolkata, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh and there are a number of reported judgments of Bombay High Court to his credit.
He regularly attends the consumer commission, sessions and district courts, DRAT, Arbitration Tribunals, CLT etc. Renowned for his expertise in the field Direct Selling, Premlal Krishnan is often asked to deliver specialized lectures in the forums of Direct Selling Associations. Premlal graduated in law from Mumbai and began his career as a practicing lawyer in Mumbai. In a short span of time, his insight and procedure made a mark in the practise as an accomplished litigation lawyer in Bombay High Court.
Civil —Corporate & Commercial Litigation
Criminal- Economic Offences
Bar Council of Delhi
Advocates-on-Record, Supreme Court of India
A Senior Partner with INDIALAW, Dinesh heads the Firm’s Delhi office. His portfolio includes 23 years of litigation experience in the Supreme Court of India, the High Court of Delhi and the Trial Courts & Tribunals in Delhi. He is well-versed with commercial arbitration and has handled the cases of several of the Firm’s corporate clients.
He has represented various MNCs in corporate and commercial matters and has appeared in many civil, criminal and arbitration matters for various Corporates and Public Corporations like Hewlett Packard, Tata Motors, HMT, Mahindra Reva, Muthoot Finance, PNB Metlife, Geojit PNB Paribas, Bellary Iron Ores Pvt Ltd., MSPL Ltd., Mormugoa Port Trust, KSIDC, etc.
Dinesh started his practice at the District Court of Delhi in 1994 and moved to the Supreme Court of India in 1997. He then went on to serve as the Standing Counsel for the State of Kerala in the Supreme Court of India for five years (2006–2011) representing the State.
He has filed and represented the State in a large number of landmark cases involving complex constitutional issues. His rich experience and insight in practise has led to the publishing of many articles in journals of national repute.
Information Technology Law
Member, Bar Council of Delhi
Registered Patent Agent, India.
Member, Supreme Court Bar Association
A partner at INDIALAW, Vinod heads the Cochin office. Prior to moving to Cochin, Vinod was a part of the Firm’s Pan India litigation, Arbitration and Intellectual Property team at Pan India HQ in Mumbai. During his tenure with the firm, he has represented matters before the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court.
A highly regarded Intellectual Property lawyer, Vinod has wide experience in both IP litigation, and IP filing and prosecution and has represented many clients in their patent, copyright, and trade mark infringement suits. Additionally, he is a Registered Patent Agent with the Indian Patent Office.
Vinod’s expertise also includes Commercial Law, Corporate Law and Arbitration. His extensive experience lists arbitration, mediation and execution of Awards, structuring, drafting & negotiating transactional agreements in relation to joint ventures, real estate, hospitality, information technology, derivative trading, manufacturing, finance, banking, outsourcing and licensing. Vinod has also advised many clients in their overseas investments.
Vinod completed his Masters in Intellectual Property & Technology Laws from the National University of Singapore. He commenced his law practice in 1999 with an eminent corporate lawyer, Mr. M.G. Ramachandran, in Delhi. Before joining INDIALAW, Vinod worked with Rodyk & Davidson LLP and One Legal LLC: both leading law firms in Singapore.Read more...
Foreign Investment and Funds
Corporate Transactions (M&A, Private Equity, Joint Venture)
Infrastructure & Project Finance
General Corporate and Commercial
Bar Council of Kerala
A partner at INDIALAW, Shiju specializes in the field of foreign investment, corporate transactions, real estate, infrastructure and project finance. Currently involved in various large-scale corporate, real estate and infrastructure projects, he heads 3 practice areas of the Firm: Corporate, Foreign Investment and Funds.
He advises on domestic and cross-border corporate transactions including private equity investment, M&A and joint ventures. Covering all aspects of corporate transaction including strategy, structuring, drafting and negotiation of transaction documents, he represents investors, funds, investees, promoters, acquirers, targets, etc. He also advises on setting up and structuring of India-focused investment funds in various jurisdictions.
Shiju has in-depth experience in Real Estate, handling complex transactions and projects. He advises on development projects, land acquisition and obtaining various approvals such as SEZ, CRZ, NA permission, etc. He has experience in representing developers, promoters, investors and landowners. He also extensively advises corporate houses on acquisition of properties, commercial units, warehouses, etc. across the country.
With a profound knowledge and expertise in handling infrastructure and project finance transactions, Shiju has advised various government bodies such as the Planning Commission, NHAI, etc. on concession agreements, PPP Projects, EPC contracts, bidding process and documentation. He was a senior member of the legal team involved in drafting Model Concession Agreements for Greenfield Airports and Hospitals for the Planning Commission of India. He actively advises infrastructure companies on bidding and project documentation as well as financial institutions and infrastructure companies on project finance transactions.
Prior to joining the Firm, Shiju was the Head of Legal, International Funds, Kotak Mahindra Group. He also worked in Nishith Desai Associates (Mumbai), Hariani & Co (Mumbai) and HSA (New Delhi). He is an alumnus of National Law School of India University, Bangalore.Read more...
Telecommunication & Information Technology
Data Privacy & Safe harbour Laws
Financial regulations & Monetary Authority Regulations
Business process outsourcing Regulations Contracts
Litigation - Civil & Commercial.
Bar Council of Kerala
A partner at INDIALAW, Sajith has total 17 years of experience. An expert in Telecommunication Laws, Securities' Laws and regulations, Exchange regulations, Compliance, Data Privacy, Technology, Debt Recovery & Litigation, he has managed cases across India before various courts and Appellate forums. He has managed compliance and regulatory issues before the regulatory authorities, as well as regulatory & compliance audit and has represented organizations before various regulatory authorities on policy formation and opinions.
Sajith has experience in negotiating and drafting Contracts involving multiple jurisdictions and regulations, and is also an expert in contract life cycle management wherein the entire contract is managed on technology.
In his last stint, he has set up a Legal Process Outsourcing Business unit for a leading Claims administration Company based out of US. He has successfully lead & built legal teams, and aligned legal into business with clear focus on timely delivery. Accredited with settling points of law & regulation to enable smooth and ease for doing business, he went on to work with some of the most reputed CEO's & General Counsels in the country.
Over the past 15 years, he has been associated with various companies as their In-house Counsel. He obtained his Law degree from Symbiosis Law College Pune and started his practice at District and Sessions Court Kannur Kerala. His corporate journey began with Cholamandalam Investment & Finance Company Ltd, and he went on to be associated with Toto Teleservices, Reliance Infocomm, Reliance Communications, Aircel, Bharti Airtel. His last assignment was with an MNC BFSI as Head Legal & Compliance, India & Middle East Region.Read more...
International Business negotiations
Bar Council of Kerala
A partner at INDIALAW, Ajmal helps the firm's clients set up business entitles across the globe. An experienced high profile international business negotiator, Ajmal specializes in business meetings & negotiations with investment authorities, financial regulators, ministers, and senior government official as well as country heads of business houses to facilitate investment opportunities.
Ajmal was responsible for the creation of a successful business strategy for the Pride Group in Dubai – A business with a portfolio that spanned across 20 countries. He set up companies and other business entitles in different countries around the world including Far East, Middle East, Africa and the APAC Indian sub-continent.
Specializing in the setting up of financial entities for carrying out forex & commodity trading as well as Commodity Futures Exchange, Ajmal headed the legal team involved in the setting up of the Mercantile Exchange of Nepal, the Mercantile Exchange of Madagascar and the African Mercantile Exchange Limited in Swaziland.
He currently holds the post of President Director of Mercantile Exchange Of Madagascar SA and sits on the Board of the African Mercantile Exchange Limited.
Ajmal began his legal career as a litigation lawyer and practiced in lower judicial courts in India from 1996 to 2005. He then started his own Corporate Practice and advised many corporates in their day-to-day operations in sectors like Information Technology, Hospitality and Capital Markets. During this period, he practised corporate law along with strategic business planning for his clients over more than 5 years.
He has handled corporate issues including offshore company formations, framing compliance and anti-money laundering policies, FMC regulatory legal issues, taxation matters, and real estate transactions (acquisitions, leasing & management) in all major cities and states in India. His work with INDIALAW continues to benefit not only the firm but each client and subordinate that interacts with him.
Bar Council of Kerala
A partner at INDIALAW, Rafeeque has 24 years of experience in the legal field of which 14 was spent in the Aviation Sector.
In the Aviation Sector, Rafeeque has dealt with disputes (both litigations & arbitrations) between Airports & Airlines, Airports & Concessionaires, Airports and Passenger Associations, and Airports & Regulatory Authorities. In addition, he has drafted, negotiated and closed numerous contracts, tenders & RFPs for both aeronautical and non-aeronautical services at various airports.
Rafeeque has also carried out discreet investigations (vigilance) on various issues arising at the Airports. He has imparted several trainings to various HR, Engineering and Legal teams to keep them abreast with the developments happening in the Aviation Sector and other areas like labour management, handling of disputes, etc.
After heading the Legal Department of the Trivandrum International Airport in Kerala from 1996 to 2006, he moved to New Delhi to take charge of the commercial contracts & the regulatory compliances of Delhi International Airport (DIAL). The first lawyer who joined DIAL with considerable years of experience in Airport operations, Rafeeque actively associated in examining and analyzing the contractual obligations of DIAL towards the State and public. Equipped with a skilled foresight, he is well-acquainted with all the contractual obligations and privileges arising out of Public-Private Partnership model under which major Indian Airports have been operated today.
From 2008 to 2013, Rafeeque worked as the Contracts Manager for Aircel Telecom dealing with their “Wholesale Data & Internet Business”. During this period, he handled numerous technical inland and cross border telecommunication contracts.
In addition to being a regular Faculty member at the Indian Aviation Academy in New Delhi, he is part of the Visiting Faculty at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (Dehradun) where he handles the “International Aviation Law” paper for MBA (Aviation Management) course.
Rafeeque passed LLB from Government Law College of Calicut in 1990 and for the initial 4 years, he practised with various District courts and High Court of Kerala. He went on to join the Airport Authority of India (AAI) in 1995 and was responsible for handling the legal department of NSCB International Airport in Kolkata for two years.Read more...
Banking and Finance Litigation & Non- Litigation
Asset Reconstruction/ Debt Collection/ Recovery of Bad Debts
Arbitration & Conciliation, SRFAESI Proceedings and Execution of Orders/Awards/Decrees
Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa /Bar Council of India
Member of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance
A partner at INDIALAW, Pravin heads the Debt Recovery & Asset Reconstruction division of the firm. He advises on Banking and Finance Litigation & Non- Litigation, corporate retail lending transactions including recovery & legal processes in debt collection, SRFAESI Proceedings, Arbitration & Conciliation and execution of Awards/Decrees. He also advises on all aspects of Corporate Litigation including strategy, reconstruction of bad debts, settlement processes and related advisory services.
His experience over 15 years in the practise has led to a member position in Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. Prior to his tenure with INDIALAW, Pravin was associated many firms gathering expertise through the years with: NSEL as Vice-President of Legal, Bajaj Finserv Ltd as National Legal Manager, Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance Ltd and Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd as Vice President of Legal, Indiabulls Financial Services Pvt. Ltd as Associate Vice-President, HDFC bank Ltd. as Manager – Retail, Credit and Risk Dept., Mahindra & Mahindra Financial services ltd as Legal officer and Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd as Legal Officer.
A law graduate from an esteemed Government Law College in Mumbai, he continues his pursuit of excellence with INDIALAW handling cases with his unique outlook.
Bar Council of Delhi
Labour Law Compliance
Bar Council of Kerala
A partner at INDIALAW, Rajitha has 24 years of experience handling Litigation and Compliance. With expertise in Labour Laws and its compliance, she has worked for several corporates including IBM India Private Ltd, Intel India Pvt Ltd, Kochi Refineries, Tata Tea, Tata Coffee, Indheal India Pvt Ltd as an external counsel. Rajitha has also supported various real estate clients including Ground Realty in their projects in both Title scrutiny and compliance. She has conducted Litigation assignments pertaining to contracts, intellectual property rights, industrial disputes, Provident Fund and Gratuity with highest professional skill and a sincere outlook. An external committee member of various Corporates in its ‘Prevention of Sexual Harassment Committees’, Rajitha deals with the challenges of women employees at the workplace vis-à-vis their legal rights and immunities.
Rajitha has completed her LLB under the Government f India Merit Scholarship from Vaikunta Baliga College of Law, Mangalore in 1993. She now works with NDIALAW, using her unique skill set and experience to the firm’s advantage.Read more...
Litigation – Civil, Constitutional & Consumer
Banking & NBFC
Corporate & Commercial
Labour, Employment & Service laws
Bar Council of West Bengal
An Associate Partner with INDIALAW, Aditi manages the firm’s Kolkata office. With more than 15 years of litigation experience at various jurisdictions - the Supreme court of India, the Kolkata High Court, District Courts, Tribunals, and Forums including the Debt Recovery Tribunal, Corporation Tribunals, District and State Consumer Forums; as well as before various judicial and quasi-judicial authorities. Apart from her practice in Kolkata Courts, she has also worked extensively in outstation courts and has considerable exposure in courts all over India.
Aditi began her career with both the High Court at Kolkata as well as the District Courts involving all civil litigation matters including land disputes, contractual and commercial disputes, succession, testamentary and probate, matrimonial and evictions. During this period, she also gained experience in criminal litigation relating to the Negotiable Instrument Act, criminal appeals and revisions.
Over a period of 12 years, Aditi has worked with Real Estate matters including real estate documentation and registration. With experience in drafting numerous agreements for her clients in various sectors including drafting of various types of loan agreements and documentation in the Banking sector, Aditi is well-versed with the dynamics of corporate litigation. She has drafted several transactional documents including the drawing up of mergers as well as carrying out legal due diligence as a part of various corporate transactions.
Aditi has also added labour and service sector matters to her portfolio over the years. Her work in industrial disputes addresses both litigation as well as non-litigation works (such as drafting service agreements, etc.), is an invaluable resource to the practise.
Aditi graduated with an L.L.B.Hons (five years integrated course) from Calcutta University in the 2001 on scholarship and has since then built an impressive resume and continues to add value to our firm.Read more...
Civil, Criminal & Corporate Litigation
Due Diligence & Documentation
ADR, Family Laws
The Bar Council of Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry
An Associate Partner with INDIALAW, Kamala manages the Firm’s Chennai office. Predominantly a litigation lawyer, she practices civil, criminal and commercial litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Laws.
Kamala understands the dynamics of her practise and the finer points of culture that forms the basis for law in the country, and that has gained her a position as Vice President of the Pondicherry Bar Association. She is also a trained and accredited mediator with the Court Annexed Mediation & Conciliation Centre, Pondicherry. Her experience has also made her a member of the Ethics Committee of Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry and the Chairperson of the Complaints Committee under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, at various companies.
Kamala obtained her degree in 1993 from the Dr.Ambedkar Govt. Law College in Pondicherry. Since then she has put in 23 years of active practice before the High Court, District Courts and other Tribunals &Subordinate Courts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry. In addition, she has vast experience in drafting and vetting commercial documents, rendering legal opinion on title verification and documentation.
White Collar Crimes
Offences under Special Enactments (e.g. N I Act 1881, etc.)
Debt Recovery Proceedings
Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa
A Principal Associate with INDIALAW, Durgesh currently heads the Firm’s Criminal Litigations practice. An integral part of the firm since 2004, Durgesh has been actively involved in court room trials and high profile litigations bearing social importance that caught attention of leading print media like Times of India, Mid-Day, among others.
Handling matters right from inception to logical conclusion of litigation, which includes drafting, filing, pleading, recording of evidence, cross examination, and arguments; he appears before tribunals and quasi-judicial authorities. He specializes in the handling of matters related to Special Enactments such as: Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881, PCMC Act, MPID Act, as well as White collar crimes, Real estate, Recovery proceedings before Debt Recovery Tribunal/Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal under SARFAESI Act, 2002, MOFA, etc.
Durgesh conducts arbitration proceedings and mediations for some of the reputed business houses in India and takes the lead to bring high turnaround rate. With more than a decade long association with the Firm, he has been instrumental in the identification of associate lawyers across the country that today constitutes the nationwide legal network of the Firm. His passion for his practise has helped clients through tough situations, bringing them a favourable resolution.Read more...
Environmental Laws and Compliances
Bar Council of Maharashtra
The Head of Environmental Law and Compliances at INDIALAW, Dr. Dattatreya has worked tirelessly on matters concerned with the environment. His vast experience can be attributed to his term as a law officer and then senior law officer at the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). Additionally, he worked as an administrative officer of the MPCB. He looked after the CRZ matters on behalf of the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) as well as the MPCB, all from 2004 – 2007.
With more than 350 prosecution cases conducted and more than 100 PILs filed during his tenure with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board against defaulting authorities, local bodies and other polluters, he has managed to help make the state a little cleaner and safer. He has handled all National Green Tribunal matters on behalf of the MPCB and has made major contribution drafting environment friendly guidelines for immersion of idols (Ganeshotsav and Durgashtami), Tyre Moulding and recycling guidelines, Horns and Sirens Standards, Draft Revised RRZ Policy, Draft Stack Yard Policy for Coal and Minerals.Read more...
Labour Law Consultation
Labour Compliance Auditing
Contract Labour Compliance
Licensing and Registration
Manohar heads the Labour Law Compliance team at INDIALAW with more than 43 years of experience in the field, handling labour and industrial compliance. An expert at handling all kinds of statutory compliance under labour law and has advised various organizations on employment contracts, HR policies, Employees’ Manual, Domestic Enquiry, Redundancy, Retrenchment etc.
Prior to his tenure with the INDIALAW, he has worked with organizations like L&T ltd, Killick Nixon Ltd, Bombay Dyeing etc.Read more...
Labour Law Consultation
Labour Compliance Auditing
Contract Labour Compliance
Licensing and Registration
A senior member of the Labour Law Compliance Team at INDIALAW, Rathnaraj has more than 38 years of experience handling labour and industrial compliance.
A law graduate with specialization in Labour Laws, he has worked extensively on compliance issues and handles industrial relations and disputes with ease.Read more...
Food and safety standards
Company Secretaries of India
The Head of Legal Metrology and Compliances, Prashant specializes in licencing registration ad compliance under various laws like Food safety Laws, Companies’ Act etc. During his career spanning over more than two decades, he has worked with the Secretarial and Legal Department of reputed corporate houses like Godrej, Yash Birla etc.
Prashant works exclusively as a legal Metrology Consultant for various reputed companies and frequently interact with the Legal Metrology department of various states. His role can be classified as:
1. Licensing for manufacturers/dealers/distributers/importers/users/repairers dealing in weights and measures
2. Registration/shorter address for manufacturers/packers/importers of pre-packaged commodities in wholesale and retail trade
3. Nomination under the Packaged Commodities Rules, 2011
4. Matters with the Legal Metrology Department – Compounding, Appeal, Adjudication, Representations, clarifications on case to case basis, out-of-court settlement
5. Legal Metrology Consultancy to Corporates, Approval of product labels/packs, including artwork in visual and print media in line with the provisions.
6. Legal Metrology Audits/checks carried out at locations to ensure product packs confirmwith the Legal Metrology Act before leaving the premises.
Prashant also has rich experience in food safety laws and matters related to it. He has personally interacted with top government officials in the concerned Departments and ministries in order to carry out his official and professional commitments.
With a ACS degree with an M.Com, he now guides his department at INDIALAW and works with some of the biggest names in the market.Read more...